Temer

Dilma’s campaign paid Temer’s advisors during 2014 campaign

Folha de S. Paulo reported on 28 November 2016, the campaign of Dilma Rousseff paid the salaries of personal advisors to then-Vice President and current President Michel Temer in 2014. According to the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE), Dilma Rousseff’s campaign remunerated Márcio Freitas, current Secretary of Communication for Temer, and Nara de Deus Vieira, the chief of Temer’s cabinet, even though Temer had registered his own account with the Electoral Justice Ministry. These findings contradict one of the major arguments in Temer’s defense against the cancellation of the entire Dilma/Temer ticket and his own impeachment. The argument held that with an independent account that Temer could not be held responsible for eventual irregularities during the campaign. Freitas, for his part, has argued the defense strategy was always based on the separation of campaign receipts, not expenses (Valor). The PSDB, which lost the 2014 presidential election in the second round, had initially submitted multiple appeals regarding the outcome, citing an abuse of power by the Dilma/Temer ticket. A decision by the TSE regarding the cancellation of the ticket is expected during the first quarter of 2017.

President Temer calls for development council meeting

Brazilian President Michel Temer called for the first meeting of his 96-member Conselho de Desenvolvimento Econômico e Social, or Social and Economic Development Council, to take place on 21 November 2016 (Bem Paraná). Former President Lula created the "Conselhão” in 2003 to discuss the country’s situation with civil society leaders. According to Valor, the council lost its relevance during the Rousseff administration. The theme of the 21 November meeting will be a return to economic growth for Brazil. The group is set to meet once per month.

Brazilian Chamber of Deputies passes constitutional spending limit

The Brazilian Chamber of Deputies on 25 October 2016 approved the PEC do Teto, a constitutional amendment limiting federal government spending increases to the prior year’s inflation rate for the next twenty years (Folha de S. Paulo, Jornal do Brasil). The amendment passed with 359 votes in favor, 116 against, and two abstentions. Constitutional amendments require three-fifths approval, or 308 votes in the Chamber and 49 votes in the Senate, to pass. The amendment is the priority of President Temer's administration, which argues the amendment is necessary to avoid future government insolvency. It will now move to the Senate for further analysis and voting, where Senate President Renan Calheiros (PMDB-AL) expects voting to conclude in November 2016 (Jornal do Brasil). The federal government expects a deficit of US$54.6 billion in 2016 (Folha de S. Paulo).